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A Look at the Types of Drugs Used in Oral Conscious Sedation

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Sedation dentistry offers patients who suffer from dental anxiety a safe way to get the treatment they need by creating a positive dental experience. With most sedatives, patients are able to stay calm and awake throughout the entire procedure. In fact, a number of these sedatives can be taken orally, meaning that patients can avoid the potential discomfort of an IV needle. A dentist will choose the most appropriate medication to use based on the length of the procedure and the half-life of the particular sedation drug.

Valium
This benzodiazepine drug is usually prescribed for patients who must undergo time-consuming, complex dental treatments. Because it has amnesic properties, Valium allows patients to recover from these complex treatments with little to no memory of the experience. This drug also makes the treatment itself more comfortable as it induces a sleep-like mental state.

Halcion
Like Valium, Halcion has amnesic properties to help dental patients feel comfortable with their treatments. In fact, a number of individuals rely on Halcion to treat sleep conditions like insomnia. Because it has a shorter half-life than Valium, Halcion is a more appropriate option for short dental procedures.

Ativan
With a medium-length half-life, this oral sedative is most effective for dental treatments that are shorter than two hours. Its amnesic properties and anxiety-reducing effects can help patients who suffer from dental anxiety when it comes to various treatments.

Versed
Because Versed has the shortest half-life of all of the oral conscious sedation options, it is not as commonly used. However, it can alleviate dental anxiety in the same way that nitrous oxide can. Dentists typically use Versed to lessen anxiety during dental appointments that take less than 30 minutes.

If you suffer from dental anxiety, schedule an appointment with The Smile Design Center of Baltimore by calling (443) 275-9821. We are a full-service dental practice with general and cosmetic dentistry services. Our dentists offer the best sedation dentistry techniques to help you have a positive dental experience.

 

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